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Department (Manual Entry)

Department of Special Education


There is an old African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child (Buzzell, 1996, p.1).” In today’s society, this saying is applicable to the idea of parent-teacher partnerships in education. The underlying assumption of such partnerships is that everyone who has a stake in a child’s life, including the parents, teachers, and community, should work together to give that child the best education possible. In reality, however, key stakeholders in a child’s life may have many different ideas and beliefs, and, as a result, a disconnect in communication and relationships among them can arise. In such situations, fluid partnerships between these stakeholders can be challenged and resulting tensions can emerge which, in turn, can affect a child’s educational experience (Staples & Dilberto, 2010).